Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $24.95
  • Save: $3.30 (13%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 4 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Jane Jacobs: Urban Vision... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: This is a ex library book, stickers and markings accordingly.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Jane Jacobs: Urban Visionary Hardcover – May 11, 2006

4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$21.65
$14.58 $7.49

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
$21.65 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Jane Jacobs: Urban Visionary
  • +
  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Total price: $32.43
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Perhaps best known for her activism in preserving Manhattan's Greenwich Village, Jane Jacobs here gets a laudatory biography that focuses largely on her work in New York and, later, in Toronto. Using plenty of primary sources and many of Jacobs's own words, Alexiou provides a journalistically strong recounting of Jacobs's life, though her characterizations of the larger-than-life personalities Jacobs railed against-notably planning powerhouse Robert Moses, who is rarely portrayed as anything except a devious community destroyer-fail to amount to more than simple vilification. Similarly, Alexiou admires Jacobs, and her rah-rah prose gets awfully aggrandizing. ("No company, no individual, no matter how powerful, was off limits to Jacobs. She feared nobody-not even Robert Moses.") However, the blow-by-blow accounts of Jacobs's side of several major urban planning showdowns are immensely readable and will appeal to those interested in the history of urban planning. Photos.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Review

"Jacobs's legacy can be seen in the New Urbanism, in the landmark-preservation movement and in the brain cells of architecture and city-planning students everywhere." - New York Times"
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (May 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813537924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813537924
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,822,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5 star
50%
4 star
50%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 4 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
I had heard of Jane Jacobs as one of the few people who dared to fight plans set up by the powerful Robert Moses (and she won!) My Canadian friends knew her from her life and work in Toronto. So, I was glad to see a biography finally written about her and bought the book hoping to learn more. I wasn't disappointed - this book starts with Jacobs' upbringing in Scranton, Pennsylvania and chronicles her life and work in Greenwich Village and then her move and continuing work as a writer and urban activist in Toronto, Canada.

I was fascinated by the fact the Ms Jacobs did not look for fame - she was first off a writer who found her voice in writing about cities. The author calls her a `prose poet' and uses Jacobs' own words liberally throughout this book to show the readers the beauty and power of her words. She became involved in urban activism because her own neighborhood was threatened with destruction in the great `urban renewal' projects of the time. It seemed obvious to her that her street was not a slum - that her neighborhood worked as a place where children could play, businesses could prosper and people could band together to protect their homes.

I also liked that the author places Jane Jacobs in her time. With NYC being so desirable now, we forget that it was in serious trouble in the late 1950-60's. One of the answers (backed by major government funding) was to clear the slums by bulldozing established neighborhoods. The automobile was 'king' and urban neighborhoods in the US and Canada were expendable if it meant easier access for drivers. It was also a time when Americans were realizing that their involvement in Vietnam was unjust and were taking to the streets to protest.
Read more ›
Comment 9 of 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
This light and lively account is a good place to begin learning about North America's most noteworthy social activist. Although denied direct access to Jacobs who was reluctant to participate, Alexiou turned to other sources effectively. She traces Jacob's career from her early life in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Jacobs had an early start in "activism" when she rebelled against a pompous teacher. Leaving school didn't mean a rejection of learning. As an autodidact, she took up information wherever it was available. Her best sources, as the author shows well, were people. Books and articles had their place, but is was as a "street person" that Jacobs demonstrated her real strengths.

The author follows Jacobs in her difficult quest for employment in New York. She describes the chance encounter with a social reformer in Haarlem that prompted her interest in the impact of "urban renewal". Quickly recognising the value of neighbourhoods, Jacobs went on to thwart the designs of urban planners, both private and in government. Alexiou explains the amount of work entailed in Jacobs' efforts, both in New York and her later home, Toronto. The Toronto location had a strange dual impact on Jacobs, according to the author. Living in the age of "America, Love It or Leave It", Jacobs move diminshed her following in her homeland. In Canada, however, she quickly became a rising star. There, she continued her stiff resistence to "development" and was instrumental in the blocking of the Spadina Freeway project. It would have cut right through her home!

Alexiou's book should provide secondary school teachers with a treasured resource. Classes in sociology and civics would do well to read this book in preparation for going on to Jacobs' own works. Even the less remembered books, such as that on Quebec separation still represent her voice. That voice should be kept alive and Alexiou's account will go far in doing that. [stephen a. haines - Ottawa, Canada]
Comment 4 of 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Excellent exploration of the impact of the ideas of a remarkable woman on city planning. A very readable book.

Chosen by Planetzen, The Planning and Development Network as one of the ten best books of 2006.
1 Comment 4 of 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This biography of the most commonsensical person in the history of urban planning is quite revealing and illustrates for instance how Jane Jacobs was an independent mind from her very childhood.

With no training or professional experience whatsoever in the field, she is famous for her fresh approach to urban realities. The book, however, hints that her husband, an architect, had an important role in the development of the insights included in her books, particularly `The Death and Life of Great American Cities'.

The book also sheds considerable light on the central paradox in Jane Jacob's life: she fought for years to preserve Greenwich Village and its urbanity and, almost overnight, abandoned New York for (then) quite bland Toronto.

One should be aware that this book does not present or discuss Jacob's ideas and would be of limited interest to anyone unfamiliar with them.

In other words, her views were much more extraordinary than her life.
Comment 1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Jane Jacobs: Urban Visionary
This item: Jane Jacobs: Urban Visionary
Price: $21.65
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com